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Environmental & Social Impact Assessments

One of the key ways we support our clients is by preparing comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), which are often required by regulators as part of the project approval process.

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and develop new projects.

ESIAs involve predicting and assessing the potential environmental and social impacts of a proposed project, evaluating alternatives, and recommending appropriate mitigation measures.

These assessments demonstrate to stakeholders that a systematic process for identifying, evaluating, and managing the potential positive and negative impacts of a project is in place. By preparing ESIAs, we provide our clients, regulatory authorities, and project investors with the confidence needed to proceed with the project.

KPB coordinates and prepares ESIAs of all sizes worldwide. Our multidisciplinary team offers a single point of contact to manage all aspects of the ESIA preparation. Our technical environmental and social specialists work closely together to optimize fieldwork. We collaborate with project engineers to develop practical and effective mitigation measures and provide integrated reports that consider the complex interactions between impacts.

A One-Stop Shop for ESIA:
At KPB, we have the experience and resources to provide a "one-stop shop" for ESIA preparation. Our experienced project managers adopt a pragmatic and realistic approach to ESIA development, focused on helping clients achieve their goals. They bring together our in-house technical experts with specialist knowledge across relevant disciplines, including biodiversity, physical environment (air, noise, water), cultural heritage (including archaeology), socio-economic impact, and stakeholder engagement. Our team helps document the baseline environment, describe existing trends, plan and execute fieldwork, manage community and stakeholder interactions, assess alternatives, systematically evaluate impacts, and identify appropriate mitigation measures that are practical to implement and cost-effective. We support clients throughout the ESIA process, from project initiation and stakeholder engagement to public disclosure meetings where the ESIA conclusions are shared with the public.

UAE and Global Capability:
KPB proudly offers ESIA services both onshore and offshore, serving clients in the UAE and internationally. Our UAE team has in-depth knowledge of local regulatory requirements, while our international team has extensive experience in preparing ESIAs to international best practice standards worldwide, including compliance with strict environmental and social performance standards set by international finance institutions. We regularly work with clients seeking funding from organizations such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank.

As a global organization, we have team members with diverse international experience across Africa, the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Europe, and Australasia. Our permanent staff members are fluent in English, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Dutch, French, Italian, Kazakh, and Russian. We collaborate with a trusted international network of associates and partner companies, allowing us to successfully deliver projects in various locations, meeting national legislative requirements and international standards. This network enables us to quickly mobilize skilled teams, providing clients with the necessary resources to deliver large and complex projects effectively, on budget, and on time.

Transferable Skills:
The skills of our ESIA team are readily transferable to projects of all sizes and sectors. We routinely work in the energy, water, oil and gas, transport infrastructure, manufacturing, property, and mining sectors. Our ESIA projects range from those of local interest to major pipelines crossing multiple international borders. Our teams establish effective working relationships at all levels of an organization, from senior executives and directors to project managers and engineers.

Reducing Uncertainty and Addressing Concerns: While our client base is diverse, a common concern among them is uncertainty regarding the requirements to obtain project consent and the time it takes to obtain approval. Our in-depth understanding of various facets



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